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Scansoriopteryx heilmanni WIP by vasix Scansoriopteryx heilmanni WIP by vasix
Right, this one is a quickie, essentially drawn to take away boredom while I move onto my next massively gigantic work. I just threw some filters on and put some colors and did this. Scansoriopteryx (climbing wing), as everyone knows, is a small dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic Daohugou Beds (however you spell that name) from 160 million years ago. This insectivore, probably over 30 centimeters, maybe a little bit more.

I still wonder if gold was the way to go with this dino's feathers. Background was blurred to put the Scansoriopteryx into focus properly. Not my best dinosaur pic by
far...

EDIT: Edited description as per a suggestion by :iconewilloughby:, a thought that seriously, well, got me thinking for a while

EDIT: Once again reworking the wing feathers. Covered the second finger too, but is it too much with the primary feathers?
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:iconjwartwork:
JWArtwork Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks like a little dragon. :D I really like it, tho, especially the blurry background, giving the notion of focus. :nod:
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vasix Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I love blurring things here and there to get the animal into focus anyway :)
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Taena-Doman Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess, many people doesn't know anything about Scansoriopteryx. ;) I myself only know a little about it, but your pic is very well done and it will help to awaken the interest.
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vasix Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, let us hope that it does :) there are, in fact, a few Scansoriopteryx images here and there though, and it is quite an interesting animal despite all that is not known
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electreel Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Very nice! I love the coloration pattern :)
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vasix Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank god it actually worked, I was doubting that it actually would
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Interesting coloration and feather texture. Is there any rationale behind attaching the primary feathers to the third digit rather than the usual second?
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vasix Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm....now that I think of it, I don't think I drew this with much references...
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
There's nothing in the literature or skeletal reconstructions or fossils of this animal that will tell you which finger to attach the primaries to in this particular animal. A lot of artists seem to choose the third finger just because it's the longest, so it makes logical sense to them. However, if you believe it used the elongated third finger for probing, wouldn't feathers obstruct that? The third finger is one of the most mobile in maniraptorans (see [link] for an interesting tidbit), so it makes the most sense to me to leave it unfeathered in the case of Scansoriopteryx, and it makes the most sense phylogenetically too. If you think it didn't use the elongated second digit for anything that would require mobility, it makes a little more sense.
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vasix Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well then...the probing idea was just a guess based on what some people seem to think. I mean, such an elongated digit should have some sort of purpose right? should probably edit my description then, I think it's easiest
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, feather attachment to the third finger would definitely increase the amount of surface area for any sort of volant activity!
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vasix Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa...I wonder what this particular Scansoriopteryx is actually pondering with his wings outstretched...does anyone support flight in this genus?
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yoult Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
No plausible Supporters as far as I can recommand.
The Primaries on Digit III Meme may came from the fossil, where it LOOKS LIKE the (highly likely detached) Feathers were actually attached to Digit III instead of commonly (or in other words: all Theropoda with Wings) Digit II.
Also there is nothing to support the Tertiares you put on this little critter. Even many modern Birds lack them and probably no Mesozoic Theropoda had them.
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
I wasn't aware that there was any consensus on whether the flight feathers attached to digit 2 or 3. It's interesting that it's been postulated that they attach to digit 3, though.
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vasix Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmmm.....:) I see quite a bit of editing work ahead of me...which ones are the tertiaries anyway? I think I need my memory refreshed
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marsu305 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Very cool colors! :dance:
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vasix Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Thank you!!
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
feathery eyebrows for the win!
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Wooot!
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vasix Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeahhh....something like that! :D
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vasix Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD: thanks!!
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